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Check back here often for more local event updates from USDA-ARS Pendleton, Oregon. New updates are posted bi-weekly.


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  • John Sulik will give the illustrated talk “Basics of spectral imaging for agriculture” at the annual meeting of the Cascade Chapter of Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International at Warm Springs, OR on October 1st.

  • Dan Long will serve in the Pacific West Area Office, Albany, CA, as acting Associate Area Director during October. Stewart Wuest will take over leadership responsibilities in Pendleton.

  • Dan Long, John Sulik, and Hero Gollany will attend the American Society of Agronomy meetings in Long Beach, CA during Nov. 2-5, 2014. John and Dan will present the paper “A Yellowness Index for Oilseed Yield Estimation”.

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  • Stewart Wuest’s research team is collecting soil samples from experiments in the driest parts of Washington and Oregon’s wheat-growing region. These experiments are designed to determine the optimum timing for initial tillage in the widespread practice of tilled fallow--winter wheat production. Tilling too early reduces storage of spring rains, decreases residue cover, and creates conditions for increased wind erosion and soil crusting.

  • Sally Schneider, Deputy Administrator of Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems, and Charlie Walthall, National Program Leader, traveled from Beltsville, MD to learn more about Pendleton’s work in soil and water conservation, and see the facilities and land resources available.


    Microbiology lab tour with National Program Leaders (left to right) Charlie Walthall, Sally Schneider, Kate Reardon and collaborator Kristin Trippe (USDA-ARS, Corvallis, Oregon).


    Hero Gollany describing research at the GraceNet plots. Left to right, Dan Long, Charlie Walthall, Kate Reardon, Sally Schneider, Hero Gollany, and Patrick Nash.

  • Kate Reardon and Elizabeth Torres hosted post doc Brett Mellbye for lab training as part of a collaboration with Research Microbiologist Kristin Trippe from the USDA-ARS Forage Seed and Cereal Research unit in Corvallis Oregon.


    Steve Umbarger is seeding winter wheat in the sweep fallow treatment field site, near the Rew elevator, with an IH150 drill.

  • Stewart Wuest, Tami Johlke, and Steve Umbarger seeded winter wheat into summer fallow plots near Echo, OR on 25 September. This location has been very dry for the last three years. The very minimal, one-pass tillage performed at the end of May retained enough seed-zone moisture to germinate wheat. This method leaves lots of surface residue and soil clods, which helps prevent soil from rolling back into the furrow and burying the seed too deep. Our research is designed to see if a minimum tillage summer fallow might out-perform the more intensive tillage used on millions of acres of dryland wheat in the Pacific Northwest.


    Stewart Wuest is checking the depth of winter wheat seed in a sweep fallow treatment field site, near the Rew elevator.


    Wayne Polumsky processed the bundle samples to determine grain and biomass yield. Hero Gollany will determine harvest index for the long-term research experiments.

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  • Patrick Nash joined Hero Gollany’s team as a Post-doctoral Research Soil Scientist on September 8, 2014. He will be working on predicting best management practices to maintain soil organic matter and reduce carbon dioxide emissions to mitigate climate change at several GRACEnet locations across U.S.


    Dan Long collecting harvested oilseed from the grain bin filling auger on a John Deere 9400 combine in Akron, CO. September 2, 2014.

  • Dan Long returned from Akron, CO where he collected more than 200 samples of grain from a combine during harvest of a canola field. The samples are now in the laboratory being cleaned in preparation for analysis of seed oil concentration. Dan is interested in learning about the extent of variability in seed oil concentration and how this influences cold pressing efficiency.


    Elizabeth Torres is preparing DNA for quantifying genes involved in denitrification.

  • Kate Reardon returned from a meeting with Washington State University scientists on site-specific climate-friendly farming research identifying the microbial drivers of nitrous oxide emission in wheat fields.

  • An electrical contractor is replacing more than 800 florescent light bulbs with new Light Emitting Diode (LED)-type bulbs. This change promises to reduce energy consumption and costs at the Pendleton USDA-ARS facilities.


    Dave Robertson, Physical Research Technician, is installing a standard weather station to a new site at the Columbia Plateau Conservation Research Center. The weather station will support long-term, crop and soil experiments that are being conducted by the ARS scientists and university partners.

  • Stewart Wuest’s research team is collecting soil samples from experiments in the driest parts of Washington and Oregon’s wheat-growing region. These experiments are designed to determine the optimum timing for initial tillage in the widespread practice of tilled fallow--winter wheat production. Tilling too early reduces storage of spring rains, decreases residue cover, and creates conditions for increased wind erosion and soil crusting.


    Aron Boettcher points out the surviving winter brassica napus plants from an August 14th planting. These plants are part of a study looking at which winter oilseeds can survive and thrive in a dry land cropping system. September 2, 2014.

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Last Modified: 9/26/2014
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